Rita C. Schmitz

Rita C. Schmitz, 90, of Sumner, died Sunday, March 25, 2018, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner with Rev. Don Komboh and Rev. James Brokman  concelebrating the Mass. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday. A Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Church. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. 

Rita Claire, daughter of Lawrence and Alta Mae (Goeller) Kane was born November 5, 1927, in rural Dunkerton. She was baptized November 13, 1927, received her first communion on June 30, 1935, and confirmed May 14, 1941, all at St. Francis Catholic Church Barclay of rural Dunkerton. Rita received her early education in the rural Dunkerton Country Schools prior to graduating from Dunkerton High School. On January 27, 1948, she was united in marriage with Harold Schmitz at St. Francis Catholic Church Barclay. The couple farmed east of Raymond for ten years prior to moving to a farm northwest of Sumner in 1960. In 1986, the couple retired from farming and moved to town in Sumner. Rita was a long time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner where she was active in the Women’s Guild, serving as President for one year, C.M.H. Card Marathon, a local sewing circle, and the Hillcrest Music Fun Time. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, flowers, baking, cake decorating, traveling, playing cards, the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes, playing the organ, but most especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Rita is survived by her eight children, Gary (Cathy) Schmitz of Sumner, Ronald (Debbie) Schmitz of Sumner, Rebecca (Tad) Boos of New Hartford, Debra Schmitz of Waterloo, Pamela (Patrick) Downing of Waterloo, Janet (Gene) Blazek of Fredericksburg, Nancy (Joel) Meyer of Sumner, and Mary Lou (John) Gorsky of Lisle, Illinois; twenty-three grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; forty-four great-grandchildren; eighteen step-great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris Frost of Sumner; one sister-in-law, Alma Schmitz of Denver; and brother-in-law, John Angstman of Dumont.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold who died November 1, 2005; one step-grandson, Devin Boos; two great-grandson, Joseph and Matthew Henderson; one brother, Herschel Kane; and three sisters, Cleo Youngblut, Rosemary Glassell, and Daphne Angstman.


Deb Beckner on March 28, 2018 at 11:06 AM said:

What a wonderful lady! I remember growing up and my parents playing cards. All of us sisters loved going to the Schmitz place. We always had enough people to have 2 teams of whatever we were playing. And Rita always made the best popcorn (with lard) in the biggest bowls I had ever seen!!
She will be missed by many people and now she is with Harold!
May God Bless All of the Families
Judy Kasemeier Weiford on March 27, 2018 at 8:07 AM said:

My sympathy to the family. Cherish all the good memories and may you find comfort in God's promises.
Judth Schwake on March 26, 2018 at 6:35 PM said:

My sympathy to the family. I found Rita such an interesting and nice lady in the brief time that I knew her.h9Y2FE
Mike and Nancy Petersen on March 26, 2018 at 3:58 PM said:

Our sincere sympathy to Rita's family-may God's presence bring you comfort and peace.
Jean Murphy on March 26, 2018 at 3:35 PM said:

What a wonderful lady Rita was... enjoyed seeing her on occasion at church in sumner—- it’s remarkable how much she and Daphne looked alike. May she Rest In Peace, Jean Angstman MurphyV
Mike and Linda McDaniel on March 26, 2018 at 12:01 PM said:

Our hearts go out to all of you during this trying time. May our prayers serve as comfort to each and everyone of you.
Diane Weltner & Wendall Kueker on March 26, 2018 at 11:21 AM said:

Our deepest sympathy to all of Rita's family at this time of sorrow. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around each & every one of you, giving you peace & comfort during this difficult time. Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers.
Delmar and Carol Mutschler on March 26, 2018 at 5:37 AM said:

Our Deepest Sympathy to the Rita's family. Rita was a gem, one of a kind, beautiful person. She always had a smile, concern for others well being, and soft, loving heart. I also remember her stories about fishing on the Mississippi River!!
She loved all her time with family and friends.
Karen smith on March 26, 2018 at 5:29 AM said:

My deepest sympathy to all the family! Rita was a very special lady! I will miss her beautiful smile and sense of humor!! God has definitely gained another angel!!
sherry nielsen on March 26, 2018 at 5:26 AM said:

my thoughts and prayers go out to you. rita was an amazing woman, she will be greatly missed.
Dennis & Deb Schnadt on March 25, 2018 at 8:04 PM said:

Our deepest sympathies and prayers to Rita’s family. Blessed be her memory to all who loved her.
Judy Zupke on March 25, 2018 at 3:47 PM said:

My deepest sympathy to all of Rita's family. She was such a kind lady, willing to listen and always had something interesting to say. She will be missed by so many but will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers for all the family!!

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